Automated Bending Cell: Easy Forming of Complex Parts
Two custom bending cells each comprised of an LVD Easy-Form press brake and Fanuc robots have automated the production of complex formed parts for KUIPERS CNC-Blechtechnik – parts that could not be manufactured using a standard modular solution.
Today, KUIPERS, a 100-year-old sheet metal subcontractor that serves a wide range of industries, uses the bending cells to effortlessly handle complex interlaced parts with a high number of bends. In contrast to standardized automation solutions, the LVD bending cells offer the flexibility to program parts tailored to KUIPERS requirements.
After the success of its first custom bending cell, KUIPERS decided to order a second cell – designed from the ground up and equipped with two movable Fanuc robots. The first robot feeds the parts from the material supply and pre-centers the blanks. The second robot handles the parts during the bending process and stores and stacks the manufactured parts.
The bending cell automatically sets up the press brake tools and the robot grippers. More than 80 m of tools are held within the bending cell. Four stations with flexible configurations handle the material supply. When completed, the parts are placed on a conveyor belt or stacked on pallets. The press brake features LVD’s Easy-Form® Laser adaptive bending system provides angle measurement and correction in real time, ensuring high-quality bent parts.